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Pink Glove campaign raises $15,693 for local cancer patients



Gina Leeper, (far left), and Laurie Latham, (far right), of the Baptist Health Foundation Paducah present Your Fight team members Jason Heilig and Tonya Rittenberry, (front row), with a check for $15,693 to assist local cancer patients. Also present were oncology coordinator Mike Tutor, (back row, left); Baptist Health Paducah chief operating officer Scott Ware; and radiation oncologist Peter Locken, MD.

The Pink Glove Dance breast cancer awareness campaign at Baptist Health Paducah has raised $15,693 to benefit local cancer patients and improve oncology services.

Baptist Health Foundation Paducah recently presented a check to the hospital’s Your Fight Cancer Fund.

Baptist Health Paducah was required to raise at least $2,000 for a separate charity to enter the Pink Glove Dance contest for breast cancer awareness. The hospital chose the cancer fund and sold pink “Your Fight is Our Fight” T-shirts to employees and the community.

The proceeds will hel with patients’ dental care and transportation, among other needs. “We are passionate about helping cancer patients,” said oncology supervisor Tonya Rittenberry, who has worked in radiation therapy 24 years. “It’s a great feeling knowing we have this fund in place to help them.”

After finishing in the nation’s top 8 the last two years, Baptist Health invited the community to help with its third consecutive Pink Glove Dance video. It will be released Oct. 25 at PinkGloveDance.com, where supporters can vote once daily until Nov. 8 to help raise more money for cancer care.

This year’s video features students and football fans from three local high schools; George Wilson of the Tennessee Titans; dozens of breast cancer survivors and hundreds of Baptist Health Paducah employees dancing for breast cancer awareness.

The video reminds women to get annual mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. Top vote-getters in the national contest can win up to $25,000; Baptist Health Paducah has designated the Kentucky Cancer Program as its beneficiary, if it wins any prize money.